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SGA Tour – Tour Championship 2018

Sociable Golf Association (SGA)

Season Finale ends with a Bang!

Once again, we planned our season ending Tour Championship event on recommendation from our friends at MG. Heading over the Warwickshire border for a two-day weekend, with overnighter, to Whitefields Golf Club.

With our very own Race To Whitefields season long points system, the two day event provides the opportunity for members to decide on either a drunken evening or early to bed in preparation for the chance to secure our third and final major of the season.

Following a fantastic trip to Cleobury Mortimer last year, the boys were up for the challenge and with the sun shining and a very warm welcome from all the staff at Whitefields, we were excited at the prospect of another close finish, little did we know!

Phil Wing (above R) stood on the first tee in defence of his title, knowing that lack of golf during this season due to work and family commitments, could prove to be his downfall.  Other notables included in form Andrew Allsopp, Ben Abbotts and Jayson Fitzpatrick.  With our lowest handicapper, Karl Harris (2) not attending, Boom Boom’s book provided no clear favourite with odds spread evenly across the field.

With first day groups drawn, competitors aim to secure a second day final grouping, thus having the advantage of viewing the leader-boards throughout the final day’s play.  Ben Abbotts secured first place with 37 points, with Boom Boom Tunstall 36 and Phil Wing 34.  All three headed to the bar knowing the Sunday would see the last tee time.

For any of our society friends considering Whitefields, we would recommend a visit. The facilities, course and staff were excellent and all at great value for money.

The Sunday morning provided another beautiful day and enjoying a great breakfast we all headed of the first tee. Nerves were apparent with the leaders gagging to get going, but knowing they had to wait for their tee time.  Would Boom Boom live up to his nickname and hit driver off every tee or play a more considered game!  A wide drive on the first was the answer both Ben & Phil expected who secured gross par’s to set the day up nicely.

During the day the leader-board ebbed and flowed with Ben & Boom battling it out.  Phil lost the pace and Trevor Anderson muscled his way into the top 3.  Heading to the 17th tee and a complete surprise to the leaders, Paul Wilson had shot the lights out and was leading the championship.  Paul had come from behind at Cleobury to lose out by a single point!.  Unsettling Boom Boom, his drive hooked out of bounds, twice!! With Ben & Phil closing the gap.

Stood on the 18th tee and a short 324 yard par 4, Boom Boom needed a 3 pointer to land his first Tour Championship and took out his wayward driver to the dismay of Ben & Phil, who had already hit hybrids to perfect positions.  Yes, you’ve guessed it…. a wayward drive to the right (this time!) and Boom Boom was lucky to have swing amongst the trees.  In true style, he cleared the trouble before him and was once again back in play. A 12-foot putt for the win lipped and the rest is history.  Paul (Pic R), known as the Silent Assassin went one better than 2017 and took the title on count-back!  Boom Boom’s driver was last seen on EBAY…

 

 

 

Season events

In addition to the planned and quite often an organisers nightmare, we run several season long events including our Order Of Merit, the coveted Match Play Championship and other events as follows:

The Order Of Merit is a 10 event rolling ranking event that captures the previous season’s Tour Championship and the full season ahead.  The calculation although complicated is simple in terms of understanding, play your best at every event ensuring your average score is as high as possible.  Throwing an event or even a club, will see you penalised in the long run in and in some cases, could lead losing the number 1 spot by a single putt or chip in! And yes its happened.

The Matchplay Championship is a knockout event with the draw made at the first event of the season.  The final pairing are provided with caddies and a special day out.

Betterball Championship and Skins League are additional events that utilise the monthly events scoring to calculate the league tables or knockout rounds.  Members’ just rock up and the committee do the rest and if the lads ever read the website, they should know if they’ve took home a trophy at the season end.

There are obviously many, many fond and enjoyable memories from the last 22 years and in most cases we have improved our personal handicaps. We continue to raise money for great causes; our fund-raising exceeds £5,000 including a memorable six a side football competition a few years back.

We continue to organise and enjoy Society life and many friendships have been built through our membership. We look forward to the next twenty years.

SGA Tour – Sociable Golf Association – Established 1997
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Email: sgatournews@hotmail.co.uk
Contact: Phil Wing 07486 900843 (Work – 07917 098299)

Founder Members – Phil Wing & Alan Smith

 

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Potteries International GS

 

St Pierre is a big hit with the PIGS

The Marriott St Pierre in Chepstow hosted the Potteries International Golf Society (PIGS) 18th Annual Tour which took in three days in early September.

Phil Stonier, Society Organiser, commented “We made our trip to South Wales to experience yet another Marriott Golf Complex after we were so well looked after when we visited Breadsall Priory, Derby in 2017. We enjoy just turning up at a quality hotel, park the cars up for three days and just play golf, enjoy the bars, the food and all the facilities that are included. On both occasions now we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and received five star service”.

The PIGS play a Ryder Cup format Competition over three days with 24 regular members split into two teams of 12. There are two Teams with their own Captain and we adopt a theme for the weekend which is decided upon by our Captains. This year it was simply The Belts Team V The Braces Team which turned a few heads when we took to the course. So, the first two days we play in a four ball better ball format and then on the last day we have 12 single matches. Whilst the Team approach is contested we also have an individual Stableford Competition which underpins the three days. Each day we have an individual Stableford Winner who receives a Daily Trophy and the traditional Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive Competition. The golfer with the most Stableford Points over the 3 days is crowned our Tour Champion. This year’s honour went to Andy Clemson who came in with a respectable 90 points.

We also have tremendous fun after dinner when we announce the Days misdemeanours when our Fine Master dishes out the Fines and the associated tales which determine the size of the Fine. Over the years various Charities have benefited from our bad behaviour but we have now decided that we are going to buy a portable defibrillator to accompany us on our Society Days in one of the Buggies. We hope we never have to use it on either ourselves or anyone else on the course but as we are all getting older – it’s not a bad idea.

We had so much fun over the three days – the two courses we played were in excellent condition and proved a real test for us all. Most of the guys took there golf a little less serious, possibly enjoying a Sociable drink in the bars and rooms well into the early hours – hence the low scores. Next year is already planned with a trip to Slaley Hall in Northumberland –  can’t wait.

 

Phil Stonier – Organiser

For more info and latest news take a look at the PIGS website  www.potteriesgolfsociety.com

 

 

Friends Golf Society

Friends Golf Society

As written by Peter Christoforou, a Friend

FGS-LogoWe celebrated our 10th Anniversary in 2015, not bad going for a society that was formed in 2005 by sixteen friends and relatives, hence the name. Since our inception the society has grown and now boasts a membership of over 40 golfers.

Myself and my close friend Steve Efstathiou run the society, me being the treasurer and Steve the secretary booking the courses with Steve’s son Socratis the handicaps secretary.

Our members are dotted all round the West Midlands, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester so we arrange the courses to fit in with everyone.

We meet once a month on a Wednesday and play seven competitions between March and October with points awarded for the top ten finishes which go towards an Order of Merit table. Prizes and a small trophy are also presented to the top three finishes in each event.

Each event has its own named trophy, the first one we play for is the George Angelides, in memory of one of our founder members. We also have The Founders Cup named after the three founder officers myself ,Steve Efstathiou and my brother Chris Christoforou.

The Order of Merit winner becomes society captain and leads the society the following season in a challenge match against another Midlands society under a Ryder Cup format in May.

Last season we were fortunate to have a  sponsor in Double A kebabs, most of our members are in the catering trade and through their suppliers we receive some very welcome financial support.

Over the years we have played on some great courses the most recent one being Northamptonshire County, our other local favourites include Little Aston, Walmley, The Nottinghamshire and Enville. We also treated ourselves this year for the 10th anniversary with a trip to Woburn which was a fantastic occasion and a closely fought event too with double OOM points on offer.

The highlight of the season is the trip abroad, four days in the Algarve with three rounds of golf on some of Europe’s finest courses such as the Old Course in Vilamoura which is everyone’s favourite. The below image shows a group of Friends, off course last year during our trip to The Emporda Forest Golf Club, near Girona, a fabulous break.

Later on in September we always play for the Links Trophy on one of Britains best seaside courses. The Links Trophy and the Founders Cup played over three rounds are classed as majors and carry extra merit points.

We all look forward to meeting up every month to enjoy each others company, its a great day out but very competitive. Those Order of Merit points are well contested because the top twelve play in the Ryder Cup and it’s an event that everyone wants to play in.

We hope the society will continue for many years to come with the younger members taking control after the founder officers retire, so if any golfers who like their golf competitive and having fun on a great day out are keen, come and join the Friends Golf Society.

Take a look at our website www.friendsgolfsociety.co.uk 

Our contact numbers are Peter 07967039078 or Steve 07872903230

 

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The Robin Hood Golf Society – Swannington (Leics)

 

Robin Hood’s origins started back in the autumn of 2011. Originally formed by Mike Barnett, Andy Hawtin & Kevin Orvis as a means of getting some exercise & thrashing away the pains of the working week. Since those early day the society has grown steadily, with the odd regular leaving or quitting the game, but new blood has kept on coming.

The society now has 32 members all of who play at least two society events per season. The season consists of 10 society events running from February until November. These events enable members to accrue points towards the end of year presentations. A minimum of 7 of the 10 events count towards the player of the season, where the highest average score decides the eventual winner of the Claret Jug.

The monthly events carry prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. These prizes range from Polo shirts, Gloves, Balls, Umbrellas & eventually to beer. There is also a prize for last place which is a “turkey hat” of which the unlucky participant has to wear on the 1st tee at the next event. There are also prizes for nearest the pin, longest drive & nearest the pin in two.

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Although many of us are club members, the majority are “fair weather” golfers, which in some ways reflects our age span which ranges from 25 – 78 years.

We try to accommodate at least 5 – 6 new golfing venues per season during the so called “better weather” months. In the winter months we mainly stay local, because you never know if the event will be called off at short notice.

During the month of June, we play for the Brian Orvis Memorial Trophy. This trophy was donated by Kevin Orvis in remembrance of his late father, who scored a hole in one at Chevin Golf Club. CGC presented the trophy to Brian for his achievement.

The month of December brings around our “winter warmer” in which we play an 18 hole par 3 course & again a trophy has been produced.

As a society we also try to have two long weekend’s away “stay & play” outings, which normally take place in May & September.

Each society event concludes in our hostelry of residence The Robin Hood, Swannington. Traditional Sunday lunch is provided by our hosts Kevin & Carol, after which the prize giving takes place & a gallon of beer is donated by the landlord.

As a society we have run & participated in charity fund raising events over the past three years for British Heart Foundation, Rainbows & Acorns. The donations have either been individual, as a team or part of organised media, all of which have been run from The Robin Hood.

The social aspect of the society balances the competitiveness of the winning demon within & for those who dedicate their Sunday society day to winning, comes the harsh reality of the handicapper.

RHGS Committee:

  • Mike (Rhino) Barnett Chair & Events
  • Ian (Villa) Boyes Treasurer
  • Paul (Wils) Wilson Handicaps
  • Dave (Sticky) Stevenson Captain

www.robinhoodgolfsociety.com or tel: 01530 831137

 

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UAB Golf Society

Urban Art Golf Society

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The UABGS was formed in 2011 when a collection of patrons from the Jewellery Quarters’ Urban Art Bars (The Red Lion and The Lord Clifden) decided that their golf needed a new sense of purpose, and, some healthy competition.

The drinking society with a golfing problem quickly gathered a steady membership and now ventures out six times a year to clubs all over the Midlands.

Not being attached to a particular golf club, society members and their frequent visitors travel the breadth of the Midlands in search of golfing fulfillment. Recent years have enjoyed trips to Sapey GC, Druids Heath GC, Aston Wood GC and Shrewsbury GC, just to name a few favourites.

A mystery golf course is usually on the card for the final game of the season, which is always followed by the end of season awards ceremony, complete with trophies for the winners and tales of woe from those less fortunate.

Members compete in league and cup competitions, whilst visitors are also invited to take part in longest drive, nearest the pin, the all-important “points sweep”, and, more recently, the group “yellow ball” competition.

The Society emphasis has always been on fun and laughter, with visitors frequently returning as and when they can. Most recently, UABGS returned to Sapey GC for a spectacular day in which the field of 17 attendees were separated by a mere 8 points! A testament to the handicap committee or the modest quality of the golf on show… you decide.

Whilst the Society’s heartbeat is The Red Lion in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, the members themselves are spread from Telford to Warwick. Anyone wishing to join us should contact Chairman Tonks (uabgolfscoiety@yahoo.co.uk) or you could always visit one of the pubs and ask for information.

You can also follow UABGS on twitter @uab_golf and facebook.com/UABGOLF

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Leekbrook Travellers

Midlands Golfer’s own Leekbrook Travellers are a very new golf society, initiated during a drunken pre-Xmas evening at the Travellers Rest pub, just outside Leek in Staffs. We are made up of residents of the local estate and also an equal amount of Leek (Birchall) and Westwood GC members who are just looking for a few extra golfing days out and to try a few new courses in the area that they haven’t come across before.

LTGS are a super sociable group with our aim to run fun and entertaining days out and we genuinely encourage members of all ages and abilities to join us. We currently have 48 members already of which six are ladies.

It’s early days for us all at LTGS, we’re a little bit of a rabble for now, but we’ve made a great start and the rate of new members joining in has been amazing and really exciting. The editor of MG, Phil Nicholas is also the LTGS organiser and encourages the society to take part in magazine based playing events, which they do so to mixed success. This fourball below for instance took 3rd place out of 21 in the MG Society Classic at Marriott Forest of Arden in 2016. Soon we’ll be taking on some of the other MG affiliated groups in Ryder Cup style match ups.

We run events on the last Friday of each month, 12 months of the year. If you live in the Leek/Staffordshire Moorlands area and are interested in fun golfing days out, come and join us, we’d love to hear from you.

Facebook – Leekbrook Travellers Golf Society

Call Phil – 07530 752688

 

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Caribbean Golf Society

 

 

The Caribbean Golf Society was formed in Birmingham during the winter months of 2007 when sensible people would usually be at home warming the fire. The idea to form arose out of seeing so many African-Caribbean golfers playing regularly in the region. 

 

The inaugural event took place at the Lickey Hills Golf Club in Birmingham on Good Friday 2007. Fourteen golfers took part in our first event, which turned out to be a very sunny day for the time of the year. We have since held many events across the Midlands with our membership growing from those first fourteen golfers to well over 40 in 2015. We welcome all golfers, you do not have to be of Caribbean origin to become a member.

Our Mission:

  • Provide a networking outlet for people in the region
  • Utilize golf for personal growth and career advancement
  • Provide educational and mentoring programs to improve golfing skills and personable skills to the youth in the region
  • Increase the knowledge, self-confidence and enjoyment of the game of golf

The CGS are long standing friends and supporters of Midlands Golfer, the first society we ever covered back in 2010. Long regarded as being one of the best organised and most competitive groups in the region, their typical season takes them all over the Midlands and sometimes further beyond. They also find time to raise vital funds for local charities as well as joining us for our own fund raisers and competitions.

Naturally there’s an Order of Merit title at stake, won in 2017 in great style by Ian Higgins who won three of the season’s main events on his way to the overall title.

There are three England based Caribbean Golf Societies and every year our Birmingham based group take on the other two, based in Bristol and London for the annual ‘three-way’ match, an two-day event that always sees a high level of competitiveness but also a good deal of fun and socialising too.

Find out more about the CGS by visiting the website at www.caribbeangolfsociety.co.uk

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WOLVES GS

Wolves Golf Society

 

A fan of both Wolves and Golf, we welcome new members to come join us once a month on Saturdays or Sundays.

The society is now into its second year and we would welcome anyone to join FREE of charge, all they have to do is pay to play on the day of the society meeting.we will advertise meetings on our Twitter and Facebook, and if anyone wants to email they can.

We meet on a monthly basis at various Golf Clubs around the Midlands and we are hoping to play other golf societies around the country also.

Wolves Golf Society

Wolves Golf Society

Shane Robinson and Adam Sedgwick both run the society and they are welcoming new members weekly.

We hope to build a foundation for like-minded golf lovers to also show that we as Wolverhampton wanderers supporters don’t just meet up for football matches, we also can meet up for other sports too.

We’re over the moon to run this society for wolves fans, we do welcome fans from other clubs as we already have WEST BROMWICH and ASTON VILLA supporters playing.

We’ve been invited to travel to Portugal on the 19th October 2018 to play against premier league teams SPORTING LISBON and SETBUL societies.

We hope to play more societies around the UK and Europe in the future.

To anyone wanting to join we want them to know that you will have total piece of mind when joining our society that you’ll ha e a relaxing and enjoyable day/weekend with great like-minded people.

For more info, our contact details are:

TWITTER: wolves_society

FACEBOOK: wolves supporters golf society 

EMAIL: wolvesgolfsociety@gmail.com

 

 

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Warwickshire Teachers GS

Warwickshire Teachers’ GS

 

The Warwickshire Teachers’ Golf Society have 6 competitions per year, all played at various different courses around Warwickshire (and the surrounding counties occasionally!). We are always looking to recruit new members and guests – anyone that works or has worked in an educational establishment (not just teachers and not just Warwickshire!).
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Our focus is on fun and friendly competitions – all abilities and ages are welcome. Anybody interested in coming along for a game or becoming a member should contact wtgsociety@gmail.com or visit twitter.com/wtgsociety Our next fixtures are at Oakridge on October 27th & Kilworth Springs on January 4th.
The Society was formed in 1974 by a group of teachers in North Warwickshire met to form a nomadic golfing society. Numbers were small and all members either belonged to Nuneaton GC or Atherstone GC.
As well as the 6 in-house competitions per year, since 1975 the society has played an annual match against Nuneaton GC. Records since 1989 show Nuneaton to be leading the way with 15 wins to WTGS’ 6. 6 matches have also been drawn.
In 1998 the North Warwickshire Teachers’ Golf Society changed it’s name to the current Warwickshire Teachers’ Golf Society as by this time a number of members had joined from the south of the county.
In 2005 the secretary of the society, Adrian Richards, died just prior to his retirement. He was also a member of Nuneaton GC. The annual match against Nuneaton is now played for the Adrian Richards Trophy
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2017 society roles:
Captain – Callum Peake
Vice captain – Adam Newell
Treasurer – Dave Wilkins
Secretaries – Dave Wilkins & Keith Rawlins
2015 captain Wilf Feely provides plenty of entertainment. He has turned up at the wrong course, and on the wrong date, and his jokes during his speeches in his captaincy year were not for the faint-hearted! The most successful players over the past decade are Dennis James and Keith Rawlins, too many trophies to remember and constant calls for handicap cuts!

 

 

WAC Golf Society

WAC Golf Society

WAC Golf Society (Worcester)

By Beefy and Lamby (co-organisers)

WAC GS LOGOWe just love playing golf and enjoy the laughter on the fairways. The WAC Golf Society play out of Bransford Golf Club based on the outskirts of Worcester, a great Par 72 lake jewelled course in superb condition. We were formed in 2013 by Dave Broad and Dave Lamb (aka Beefy and Lamby, below) with the intention to take fellow club golfers to play some of the best courses around the Midlands and beyond. We wanted to support charities and over the past few years we have raised £1000s for Cancer charities in the UK.

WAC Golf Society

Our society members have grown from a handful to over 35 players currently, we have played some of the best courses around including The Belfry, The Forest of Arden, The Astbury, The Vale at Evesham and have enjoyed weekend away trips to St Pier Golf Club and the Vale of Glamorgan. We have also played at Celtic Manor, Gleneagles and St Andrews Old Course.

We run an annual trip to Okehampton, Devon where we play 90 holes of Golf over four very competitive and fun days, plenty of prizes on offer including an Order of Merit and numbers grow each year for this event.

Our main aim is for club golfers to experience other courses, as well as having like-minded and friendly banter that group golf can achieve. We aim to keep costs down to around £20-30 for our local Midlands rounds and enjoy playing local courses every year such as Cleobury Mortimer and Burghill Valley who treat us very well and provide some superb deals.

We have a Twitter (@WACgolfsociety) and a Facebook page and have recently started our very own YouTube channel.

2018 is shaping up to be a great season for WAC events, please visit our web site at www.wacgolfsociety.com to find out how you can join us on some great days out.

Contact Details:

Dave Broad –  Email: d-broad@sky.com     Tel: 07846 233190

Dave Lamb –  Email: davelamb@mail.com    Tel: 07429 192646

 

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